Wichita, KS, October, 2013: The Air Capital Classic will be welcoming the Web.com TOUR to Wichita in June 2014 thanks to the support of 22 Ambassador Sponsors representing 25 companies.
Since the championship trophy was presented to Scott Parel in June 2013, the Air Capital Classic has raised over $300,000 in support from local businesses, as part of a 2 year Ambassador program. . Tournament Director, Roy Turner summed it up by saying, “It has been a fantastic response from our community. Thank you to the Ambassadors whose commitments were vital in establishing a solid foundation for our future”.
22 Local Companies Sign On as “Ambassadors”;
Aetna Makes Key Commitment as Presenting Sponsor
WICHITA, KANSAS – Wichita golf fans and recent charitable recipients received some great news today when it was announced that the Air Capital Classic and the PGA TOUR had reached an agreement to extend the PGA TOUR cosponsored tournament three years, through the 2016 event.
Two highlights of today’s press conference were the announcements that, 1) 22 companies have signed two-year commitments to become Ambassadors, generating over $300,000 in revenue for the tournament, and 2) Aetna has entered into a three-year agreement to become the tournament’s new Presenting Sponsor.
With today’s developments, the tournament’s official name becomes the Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna.
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WICHITA, Kan. – Nine additional Wichita businesses have committed to become Air Capital Classic Ambassadors.
The newest Air Capital Classic Ambassadors are:
Roy Turner, Air Capital Classic Tournament Director, says, “Things are looking good. The response of the community has been fantastic and we are working on finalizing commitments”.
A community-based sponsorship program has generated more than $200,000 in pledged support for Wichita’s annual professional golf tournament, but its director says approximately $70,000 more is needed in the next three weeks to secure its immediate future.
Air Capital Classic director Roy Turner emailed the tournament’s board of directors Monday with an update on the Air Capital Ambassadors, a program introduced this year to offset the loss of longtime tournament title sponsor Preferred Health Systems. Turner also mentioned Oct. 1 as a key date for determining whether the Web.com Tour event at Crestview Country Club will observe its 25th consecutive year in Wichita.
“We still need 5 Ambassadors for two years to make our aggressive 2014-15 budget,” Turner said in the email. “Our fiscal year ends on October 1st, as does our cash flow.
“We have prospects and we continue to wait on answers.”
WICHITA, Kan. - Go Wichita, The Appearance Group/Air Capital Interiors and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have committed to become Air Capital Classic Ambassadors.
Robin Jennison, Secretary, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says, "The Air Capital Classic is a premiere sporting event for Kansas. We are pleased to partner with the organizers in showcasing our state’s fine golfing opportunities, hospitality and scenic beauty for the thousands of spectators, PGA golfers and staff that will attend the tournament."
The Air Capital Classic Ambassador program provides a way for community and business leaders to assist in diversifying and solidifying the future of the Air Capital Classic.
"Go Wichita has proudly sponsored this golf tournament for more than a decade and we are proud to be an Ambassador sponsor for the next two years. The Air Capital Classic is not only a wonderful event for our community but also provides a reason for out-of-towners to visit Wichita and experience the quality events and attractions we provide, says Susie Santo, President and CEO of Go Wichita.
"This is great news", says Roy Turner, Air Capital Classic Tournament Director.